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NPR Loves Portland: Interviews Both The Shins and Esperanza Spalding

Both acts have new albums on Tuesday

By Aaron Scott March 18, 2012

NPR continues its Portland lovefest. After World Cafe spent the week in Portland, NPR devoted this weekend’s big music stories to two Portland artists. Yesterday, All Things Considered gave 11 minutes to Shins’ frontman James Mercer in anticipation of the band’s new album, Port of Morrow, which drops Tuesday.

Then NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday ended with a nine-minute interview with local jazz icon in the making, Esperanza Spalding, in preview of the release of her new album, Radio Music Society, also on Tuesday. She talks about her inspiration, her song “Black Gold” and the importance of pre-colonial African culture, and breaking down the myth of the solo career.

You can stream Spalding’s new album in its entirety at NPR Music.

And here’s the music video to “Black Gold” that she discusses.

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